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Emirates sharply increases flight frequencies from the UK

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With the UAE now on the United Kingdom’s Amber List, holidays in Dubai are back on the agenda this Autumn for anyone who is fully vaccinated, with no quarantine required.

Emirates announced a substantial increase in its UK services yesterday, and will be operating 73 flights per week by mid-October.

This will include:

Emirates sharply increases frequencies from the UK
  • Six flights per day from London Heathrow
  • Two flights per day (A380) from Manchester
  • One flight per day from Glasgow
  • 10 flights per week from Birmingham

At present, Heathrow has three daily A380 departures. This will expand gradually to six over the next three months, of which four will be on an A380. It puts Emirates back to its pre-pandemic level at Heathrow, albeit the Gatwick and Stansted services have yet to be restored.

British Airways has dropped its Abu Dhabi service entirely and is currently only showing 1-2 Dubai flights per day in October. It is likely that this number will increase, especially over half term when this is one of the most popular long haul routes.

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards (October 2021)

Emirates Skywards does not have a UK credit card.  However, you can earn Emirates Skywards miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cardsThese are:

  • American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 30,000 Emirates Skywards miles. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two free airport lounge passes. 30,000 points is a limited offer which ends on 9th November 2021.

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Emirates Skywards miles which is an attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Emirates Skywards mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.

Comments (68)

  • Gary Sharp says:

    ” ‘upgraded flushing toilet’ which is presumably a novelty in Glasgow”
    Watch it Burgess!

  • rowpott says:

    I have just got a sainsburys credit card but cannot tell from the small print whether fuel purchase at sainsburys counts towards the £400 spend. Does anyone know?

    • sjclub says:

      Yep, petrol is included along with purchases in Sainsbury’s, Argos, Tu clothing and Habitat. (Although, Sainsbury’s cafes/Fresh Kitchen are excluded from the 2 points per pound spend and the £400 required spend in the first 2 months).

      • BJ says:

        I understood petrol was excluded. However, some could get round this by purchasing giftcards and using those if their local station accepted them for payment.

        • Craig says:

          Where did you see that petrol was excluded BJ?

          • BJ says:

            My application was a mess so I had to call. During that call I took the opportunity to ask and was told petrol was included. I had my doubts though so I called again and this time I was told it was excluded so I decided to avoid. Some readers must know for certain from experience which is true. My PFS took the gift cards so that was safer route for me.

          • Craig says:

            Interesting, the T&Cs on the website have several exclusions but not petrol. My statement also doesn’t differentiate between groceries and petrol as far as I can see?

          • Nick says:

            It may not show on your card statement but banks can definitely see when it’s a petrol station – they go through a different payment flow. And petrol is one of those sectors with additional data reporting requirements too, so your bank will be told exactly how many litres you took.

  • Wally1976 says:

    Another question about the Sainsbury’s credit card. Can I use it to pay off other credit cards and it counts as a purchase without fees if I use it behind Curve??

    • VerdantBacon says:

      Call them and ask

    • BJ says:

      The earning rates is so bas for purchases outside Sainsbury’s group that it would make little sense unless you had no other options.

      • Wally1976 says:

        Yes but it’s 0% on purchases for the first year…

        • BJ says:

          Correct, but there remains a downside with the scale need to make it worth the hassle IMO but then I am lucky to have Hilton so that might be colouring my perspective.

  • Blair says:

    Emirates aircraft allocation still too much in flux to rely on. MAN was promised the A380 all summer and never happened. The risk of getting the substandard 777 biz cabin (Premium Economy Plus IMO) is still high.

    • Waddle says:

      Wonder if the 777s with the first suites will ever be used outside of Stanstead.

      • Blair says:

        It’s very odd. The Stansted first ‘experience’ begins with the apalling security line and then a corner of the Escape Lounge in lieu of a standalone EK lounge. It hardly sets people up positively for the on board experience. Having said that I’d rather the A380 on any routes I’m using till the 2-3-2 cabin is euthanised. Finding First availability on the 777s out of the UK can be patchy.

        • ChrisW says:

          Yeah the Stansted situation never made much sense to me. Fly their best product to their worst UK airport. If having their new F seat was so important on this route why not build a lounge there?

  • VJ says:

    Can I do use Nsi/Curve payment with this CC?

  • Andrew says:

    I’m seeing 2 daily BA flights to DXB throughout September, October, November. Those have been in place since at least when the Amber announcement was made as that’s when I started checking prices etc.

    • Blair says:

      Dreadful Avios availability too I note; defaulting to 2 stops including Amman for me. Dublin via Doha with Aadvantage it is so! $20.70 ‘taxes’. I’ll live with that.

  • Jordan D says:

    Didn’t know there were two Jordan D’s who visit the site… Congratulations to the other one!

  • Stuart says:

    “holidays in Dubai are back on the agenda this Autumn for anyone who is fully vaccinated, with no quarantine required”

    I wonder how long this will last, I am double vaccinated and became very ill on Monday, did five lateral flow tests over two days all negative but I knew something was not right so did a pcr test and I’m positive.

    I know six other people this week who tested positive also double vaccinated.

    • C says:

      You’re not the only one – I caught a full case from my [infant] daughter, and was completely wiped out for the best part of a week with all of the usual upper respiratory symptoms (thankfully nothing significant on the lungs). My second AZ dose had been over 3 weeks prior.

    • Kevin says:

      Sorry to hear that snd wish you getting well soon

    • Roger W says:

      Luckily you had the vaccinations then. Until everyone is jabbed it will keep swirling around. Could have been a trip to ICU otherwise. Get well soon.

      Thus the need for testing on travelling/ cruising. The Lateral Flows are for monitoring for COVID in well workers and pretty rubbish at that. What a waste of tax payers money.

      • ChrisBCN says:

        It’s going to be swirling around for ever, even at 95% vaccination

        • TGLoyalty says:

          People can’t grasp that though.

        • Dave1985 says:

          Testing to go abroad isn’t going anywhere for a couple of years at least either

        • Alex Sm says:

          But it will be more like flu and not a threat to the NHS or public health in general, so life will get back to normal

    • lumma says:

      If you have symptoms you’re not meant to use lateral flow tests you’re meant to get a PCR anyway.

      • TGLoyalty says:


      • J says:

        Last time I checked that was only if you have the old symptoms (fever, cough, taste/smell) not the updated primary Delta symptoms (headache, sore throat, runny nose). I had Delta a couple of months ago but wasn’t allowed to get a PCR test without perjuring myself on the booking website.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          So you’re sure you had Delta without a test to confirm because you had all the symptoms of a cold?

          • J says:

            No. I was finally allowed a test after a close contact had tested positive. I had by that point spread it to a number of other people (before I had symptoms) who then spread it to even more (after I had symptoms). Had I been allowed a test when I first had symptoms, I could have alerted those contacts and they would have isolated and tested preventing the exponential spread.

    • Zed says:

      I’d like to fly this Autumn half term. My daughter is 11 and will turn 12 a few days before the half term. As a 12 year old does she have to be fully vaccinated as I cannot see how that would happen in time.

      • Rob says:

        No-one has to be vaccinated to go to Dubai from the UK. You DO need PCR tests to get in, even if vaccinated.

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